Republican Win in Massachusetts Imperils Healthcare Bill
The New York Times recently pointed out that Republican Senator from Maine Olympia Snowe voted with the Democrats on a key part of the healthcare plan, and she has indicated that she may do that again if certain changes are made to the bill. The Administration is certain to be willing to do some horse trading to get her support.
Senate Democrat Ben Nelson voted for the healthcare reform package. He initially opposed it, but made a deal that exempted his state from from the costs of Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. Some observers saw this as a sort of "bribe". That may be a strong word, but he certainly got his way.
The dealings, behind doors and in public, over the healthcare reform package is not over. Some senators will be given attractive incentives to vote with the majority. The Massachusetts election results may seem like a big blow to healthcare reform now, but a lot can change in a month.